A Writer's Journey

July 7, 2011

Of Short Stories and Inspiration

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 5:13 am
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I realize that while I write my novel, I should try to get other things published. It will help build my portfolio. And that will help when I start looking for an agent when my book is complete.

I’ve sent one story out to several publications. I’ve sadly received a few rejections, but I am still waiting for responses from a majority of them. Fingers crossed!

The story I’ve sent out is one I wrote in college entitled “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Yes, I do get many of my titles from song lyrics. I am quite proud of this work, which is why it’s the one I started to submit. I edited it, naturally. The draft I submitted to my class was not perfect. The version I submitted to the magazines wasn’t either. I doubt there is such a thing as the perfect manuscript. I’m sure if they could come back, the authors of some of our “classics” would probably want to do some rewrites. So I expanded on a few things, clarified a few other ideas and then sent it out.

In another blog I follow, the writer posed the question What calls your muse? And it’s interesting to realize where one gets inspiration from. Just in the previous paragraph, I admitted I get titles from song lyrics. The inspiration for “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” did not come from the song, though. It started with my two main characters. And it wasn’t going anywhere, really. Then inspiration hit in two ways. The first way was a writing exercise my writing professor assigned. The piece I wrote ended up in my final draft. The second way was the season I was writing in. My story was due in class by the end of October. Guess what’s also at the end of October?

In truth, I love the autumn. I’ve also decided that when I find Mr. Right, I am having an October wedding. I also get more inspiration in the autumn. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the cooling temperatures. Maybe it’s the changing leaves. Maybe it’s the feeling surrounding Halloween and Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s the hastening of the days, bringing the end of the year ever closer. Whatever it is, it’s great inspiration.

And I think I will end this part here. Look for Part II, coming soon!


1 Comment »

  1. I also get inspired by music.

    Comment by goodbyereality411 — July 7, 2011 @ 5:44 am | Reply

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